True Grit
True Grit (2010)

Fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) joins an aging U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and another lawman (Matt Damon) in tracking her father's killer into hostile Indian territory in Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Charles… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Girded by strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, and lifted by some of the Coens' most finely tuned, unaffected work, True Grit is a worthy companion to the Charles Portis book.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

It could be the Coens' most straightforward film, but it's also one of their best.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

The real reason to see the film is the work of the Coens' regular collaborators, cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell, who supply the visual and auditory landscapes that are True Grit's most notable achievement.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Disappointing overall, though entertaining at times, True Grit isn't exactly the Coen brothers best movie but they get an A for effort.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The tense verbal comedy of Mattie's early negotiation with a Fort Smith merchant should win you over to this movie's high linguistic wit.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen fill the film with self-conscious good humor-hey, it's the Coen brothers-and the charmingly old-fashioned locutions of the Charles Portis novel.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

But the Coen brothers' version of Portis's story, despite its pedigree, large budget, and superlative thespians, lacks a full-on punch.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Nothing very startling happens, but the Coens have a sure hand, and Bridges, in the old John Wayne role, plays a man, not a myth; you can sense Rooster's stink and his nasty intelligence, too.

Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

The Bible argues an eye for an eye. But as Rooster Cogburn doesn't have an eye to spare, the movie needs to ask if their death quest is worth the risk.

Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

Frontier justice is, at best and at worst, half blind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Top to bottom a solid retelling of the classic. The Coen Brothers do a wonderful job and Bridges and Steinfeld shine. I havent seen the original in years and… More
xGary Xx
A fourteen year old girl employs the talents of a grizzled old US Marshall to track her father's killer. The Coen brother's re-imagining of John… More
Spencer Macklin
Wonderful direction, strong performances from all, and beautiful cinematography add up to a great modern Western from the Coen brothers.
Louis Rogers
A stirring, handsome, fairly moving, excellently acted and shot western. A pleasure to watch, while ultimately a little insubstantial.
Carlos Magalh„es
A mesmerizing epopee that evokes the true grandeur of classic Westerns, with a beautiful melancholy score, well-developed characters, a magnificent… More
Al S
This is one of the ten best films of 2010. It brings out the best of what the old-school western used to represent and is resurrected in this film. It's a… More